Gloomy Gus alert! Have we got the book for you.
"This Will End in Tears: The Miserabilist Guide to Music" by Brooklyn writer Adam Brent Houghtaling is a 400-page look at the sad songs that make us happy. From Edith Piaf to Hank Williams to Gene Clark to Joy Division and Morrissey, the encyclopedic guide (out Aug. 7 from It Books; $17) will leave music lovers anything but blue.
"This book was partly born of the struggle to comprehend what Winston Churchill infamously referred to as his Black Dog," Houghtaling writes in his author's note. "It's an attempt to bridge that bitter, unpredictable purgatory of depression with song."
And there are many, many songs. Broken into sections with such headings as "Oh, the Humanity! Disasters and Depressions" (an essay on "Strange Fruit" is a highlight) and "Keep Me in Your Heart for a While: Laments, Sung Weeping and Deathbed Songs" (key song: "The Electrician" by Scott Walker), the book ends with Houghtaling's top 100 saddest songs.
As with many things in pop culture, Long Island figures into the sadness, too:
NO. 16 Guy Lombardo's version of "Auld Lang Syne"
NO. 18 "Past, Present and Future" (The Shangri-Las)
NO. 24 "Alabama" (John Coltrane)
NO. 84 "The Kids" (Lou Reed)
We could go on, but we need to look for some Kleenex now.